According to research, vagus nerve stimulation can improve mood and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also help people who are suffering from bipolar disorder, which has few treatments.
Vagus nerve massage has become a fad in the wellness industry. Millions of people are watching videos of people doing exercises designed to stimulate the vagus nerve. Some of these exercises have the potential to "rewire" the brain. There are now thousands of websites and videos about the vagus nerve, and its popularity has steadily increased over the past five years.
Vagus nerve stimulation helps to activate areas of the brainstem that are involved in norepinephrine signaling. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter that acts as a hormone and can affect mood. The stimulation has also been shown to reduce arousal, shorten reaction time, and improve neuroplasticity. The technology is now FDA-approved to treat depression in people who have failed to respond to other treatments.
The vagus nerve plays an important role in the autonomic nervous system, the system that controls our unconsciously performed actions. Studies have shown that the vagus nerve may help form a link between the brain and the gut. This is known as the gut-brain axis, and has been linked to depression and obesity.
Researchers are now studying how the vagus nerve can help people with epilepsy, diabetes, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The vagus nerve is one of the longest cranial nerves in the body. It runs from the brain to the large intestine. Both the left and right vagus nerves travel through the neck and carotid jugular vein. Studies have shown that massage therapy stimulates vagus nerve can help with depression and anxiety.